[UPDATE: A statement released by the Honolulu Police Department on Tuesday said that there was not an active investigation into the allegations, as they did not have enough evidence to proceed with one.]
The University of Hawaii announced on Tuesday that its football team was involved in a point-shaving investigation. According to the Hawaii Star-Advertiser, the probe is the result of an anonymous tip to the Hawaii admissions department earlier this month, and school president M.R.C. Greenwood said that school officials immediately notified the police and NCAA.
"UH has alerted the NCAA about the anonymous letter and its contents and, in discussions with them, has been informed it is 'doing exactly what you need to be doing' in this situation," Greenwood said.
The NCAA released a statement Wednesday that reads (in part) as follows:
We are extremely concerned by the point-shaving allegations involving University of Hawaii football student-athletes and have been in contact with the school since early November. We take any allegation of point shaving very seriously as it is a crime that threatens two core NCAA principles – the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport ...There was no indication made as to when the alleged point-shaving occurred, or how many players were allegedly involved. No charges have been filed in the nascent investigation. Greenwood would not offer any further comment on the investigation as a whole, as it is ongoing.
[T]he NCAA is regularly in contact with local, state and federal law enforcement and Nevada gaming officials to identify and rout out [sic] sports wagering and point shaving wherever it may occur.
As CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy notes, Hawaii is 1-6 against the spread as a favorite this year, and has lost four of those games.
According to the Star-Advertiser, Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan is traveling to Las Vegas for the WAC volleyball tournament and is not immediately available for comment.
This is the first point-shaving scandal in NCAA football since four Toledo football players pled guilty in 2011 to point-shaving in games that occurred from 2003-2006.